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welcome to "world news," tonight terror in the sky, the stunning new report tonight about the jumbo jet that vanished. more than 200 passengers killed and this evening authorities now say that flight could have been saved 20 seconds before it clashed. caught in a firefighter, abc news exclusive. tonight our team caught in the middle of an ambush by the taliban. the afghan and the american solders training them and what it took to get out of this. the deadly disaster on the water tonight. this children who drowned when the boat sank. thechbing authorities say a powerfullessen for anyone on the water. from boom to bust t dazzling fire work show gone wrong. the whole thing done in 15 seconds.
good evening. we begin this thursday night with the stunning new report on that flight that vanished, killing all 228 passengers and crew on board. tonight, three years later, authorities are now convinced the plane could have been saved by the three pilots, 20 seconds before impact. they still could have turned that air france jet around. this passengers might never have known they were huddling toward the ocean because of the way the jet was coming down. this evening air france and the plane's manufacture air bust are facing manslaughter charges. john is standing by with how this could change the training for every pilot. are pilot's too dependent on that you are auto pilot. first the moments that flight disappeared from the sky. >> reporter: today's report finaling answer what happened to flight 447.
a fatal combination of h me cal can kal error. flee and a half hours into the captain takes a scheduled break. the two co-pilots are in charge. the air bus heading into a thunderstorm. suddenly the plane's sensors that fail. they've iced up. abc's elizabeth vargas went to an flight simulator to recreate what happened next. >> the auto pilot disconnects. >> there's a warning. the aircraft is now in my control. >> now the plane in the hands of the least experienced pilot on board. he mistakenly thinks the plane is nose down, so he pulls it up, precisely the wrong thing to do. the plane stops in midair, stalling. warns go off. the two co-pilots call for the captain, six times. it u takes him more than a minute to return to the cockpit. he finds udder confusion. what's happening he asks. >> i don't know what's
happening. the plane is now plumts at 120 miles an hour. but it's falling like a leaf, nose up, 216 passengers may not have noticed what was happening because of the way the plane was descending. >> now we're going down, right? >> in the cockpit t co-pilots are trying to fly the plane in opposite directions. >> three seconds before impact we hear pilot say, oh my god, we're going to crash. i can't believe it. >> that really contemplating the idea. >> and so i want to bring in abc's aviation consultant, john nans. you and i were talking, this sounds like mass confusion in the cockpit. they were relying on computers until the final seconds and then they were doing opposite actions. will this change the way pilots were trained? >> it has to change not just in the air bus worldwide. we have to go back to basics. they had the instruments right in front of them. they didn't know how to look at it. that's unacceptable. >> stunning that they could have
saved the flight perhaps with just seconds left? >> i think down to the last 20 or 30 seconds it was recoverable. certainly within 45 seconds it was. all they had to do was push forward, go maximum power and flown right out of that stall. but they didn't know it because they were in such confusion. >> i know you've been following this case for years. we appreciate your insight. we move on the another tragedy. this one playing out on the water in fourth of july. a family watching fireworks when their boat filled with 27 people capsized. three children drowned and tonight new images and a new theory, was it a rogue wave. here is john schriffen. >> reporter: this is moments after that that 34 foot yacht capsized last night, throwing most of the passengers overboard. you can see the boat still above water and people sitting on its side. 24 people were rescued, but three children ages eight, 11, and 12 were trapped inside the cabin and died. the boat's captain says the yacht was hit by a rogue wave.
>> we're coming home and a wave got us and it turned the boat around. everybody was in the water and chaos. >> the boat could have sunk for many reasons. it could be overcrowding, it could be a mechanical malfunction. >> 27 people on a 34 foot boat, what does that say to you? that's over populated. >> reporter: richard valicenti, who has spent more than 40 years here on oyster bay says large wakes can be formed when hundreds of boats leave the bay at the same time. >> it's hard to maneuver your boat if you're not prepared for it. >> reporter: what's also not clear is whether children who died were wearing life vests. kids 12 and under must wear life jackets when they're on deck, but not inside the cabin. boat safety experts say its safer never to take them off. >> when there are young children on the boat, in my opinion, it's easier if a child needs to wear a life jacket they wear it all the time. >> and that boat right now is a bt three miles offshore.
deep below the water. investigators say if all goes according to plan, they'll try to pull the boat out ot walter tomorrow. at that point, they'll have a better understanding of what really happened. >> so many questions. john, thanks to you. we'll turn now to record breaking heat across this country. more than 3,000 records shattered in just these first few days of july. thechbing word of two deaths in chicago where today was the hottest july fifth on record. and all of this heat is now setting into motion what could be a slow motion disaster in the nation's hart land, take a look at this. lake bed in indiana dried up with nothing but parched earth. look now, a year later the drought conditions three quarters of the country in drought. abc's alex perez here. >> causing the earth to crumble on the road ways and on the farm where bone dry soil is creating major problems if for farmers
across the corn belt state. >> we're at such a critical point in this corn plant's life now, it could be the beginning of the end. >> reporter: in manhattan, illinois, farmer dave is a fourth generation corn farmer, they're praying for rain. some plants are almost two feet shorter than they should be at this point in the season. and the next two weeks are critical. corn plants begin the pollination period. without the right amount of moisture, his corn crop could be lost. >> if the heat and dry weather continue, all these kernels will just die. >> reporter: it was supposed to be the best corn harvest in decades. but now farmers are fearing a repeat of the 1988 drought which wiped out millions of acres of corn and billions in crop damage, one of the worst in recent memory since the dust boll of the 190s. consumers could end feeling the pinch in the pocketbook. as much as 75% of the products in your grocery store use corn as a key ingreed yentd. soda, could go up 4% and beef
prices could serge as much as 10%. >> this drougtsd, which is going to reduce the amount of corn that ewith get, that's going to translate into an increase in the price of retail. >> unless we get some water soon, what's going to happen? >> we could lose easily 40%. easily. >> reporter: lose 40%, what does that mean to you as a farmer? >> maybe not making ends meet. >> reporter: so for now, it's a big game of wait and see for farmers. that they don't get some kind of rain in the next couple of weeks the results could be catastrophic. david. >> thanks to you i want to bring in ginger psi. so much drier now than it was this time last year. you have the reason why. >> the reason why, the last few weeks under in high pressure system. not only has it brought the record heat but drought. we have this old saying drought begets drought. the more hot t more dry t more drought you'll see. our forecast for the next two weeks, below average in the nation's heart land and the next 14 days it's really not going to
improve all that much. >> for people suffering from the heat still tonight, any relief? >> in chicago, a place that needs some relief, they have another two days of that extreme heat. then by the end of the weekend they start to break. then philly, boston, new york and d.c. all start to get the extreme heat. that by next workweek. ginger, thanks. we'll turn now to abc news exclusive here. some dramatic moments on the battlefield. american troops training afghan solders when they were ambushed by the taliban. it put those newly trained afghan soldiers to the test, when the american forces have to jump in to help. all of this as those american troops prepare to start coming home. our muhammad lila is with us tonight. >> reporter: we set out at sunrise. >> reporter: the mission -- help the afghan army reclaim the valley from the taliban. walking through this valley, it's clear this is an afghan led
mission. it's their strategy and it's their fight. it didn't take long for the fight to find us. [ gunfire ] we were walking through the valley when suddenly we started hearing gunshots and loud explosions. we believe we may have walked into a bit of an ambush. possibly now, we're caught in the crossfire. we can hear the gunshots coming from up there on that ridge. what you hear on this side -- [ gunshots ] -- that's the afghan army. they are leading this fight. they are the ones returning the fire. >> where's that coming from? >> reporter: with mortars and heavy machine gun fire surrounding us, american soldiers get involved. >> i think they're up there. >> reporter: but they aren't in charge of this fight. the afghans are. the americans are hoping they can handle it on their own. >> reporter: with casualties mounting, tempers flare. afghans argue, and fight amongst themselves. in the end, the afghans realize
they still need american help. they demand american fighter jets bail them out. the american air-strike worked, but the reality is the victory is only temporary. american air support won't always be here to save the day. >> let's go home. >> reporter: muhammad lila, abc news, nuristan, afghanistan. >> our thanks to moment lil la and our team embedded on the front lines in afghanistan tonlt. we move on the terror scare in london. six people under arrest after a series of raids by scotland yards. the high drama unfolding within a mile of the site where the olympics will be held three weeks from tonight. >> reporter: british police here didn't knock on the door, they knocked it down. arresting three brothers and three others in what they say is a possible plot by islamic extremists against potential targets in the uk. >> there was a big bang for a minute i thought it was like a bomb. >> the house less than a mile from the olympic site.
one of the suspects is a british born-muslim convert richard dart, known to rail against brittic military. a few hours after the raid, the dramatic scene on a highway north of london, when a passenger was spotted with a smoking bag. counter-terrorism troops and hazmat teams were called in. false alarm. the passenger was taking secret puffs from an electronic cigarette. it's clear this city has a serious case of olympic security jitters. >> in a plot. >> you can't miss the massic security being deployed for the games. emergency drills in the subways anti-aircraft artillery on rooftops, swat teams practicing on the river. >> reporter: these o limbs will be the british military ever and largest asemipli of milt hard wear here in london since the second world war. david. >> jeffly coughman our thanks to
you. tonight. we turn to your voice your vote. new photos from republican mitt romney. lugging a cooler there to the family boat. his wife ann and five sons on board for a spin. president obama on a spin of his own tonight, criss-crossing two battleground states with a tough message of his own. >> unless you have been hiding out in the woods somewhere, you are aware of the fact that it's campaign season. >> reporter: on the air waves, and throughout democratic strongholds on his bus tour of battleground state ohio, maum mee and sandusky and par ma, the president is accusing of mitt romney of not caring about working americans and the middle class. >> governor's rom niece exowning companies that were called
pioneers of outsourcing. >> reporter: others in the obama campaign, money he invested in the cayman islands. >> he's somehow chose to find the tax haven switzerland where he opened up a bank account. doesn't it make you wonder what mitt romney is trying to hide from the american people? >> reporter: romney's campaign calls these charges false, denying that he outsourced jobs in the private sector and denying that any of his foreign investments were made to avoid taxes. even though romney was on vacation today, his campaign sent two vice presidential possibilities tim pawlenty and bobby jindal to shadow the president in ohio. >> his slogan for this campaign, it could be worse. mitt romney's slogan is it will be better. >> reporter: neez new obama attacks come at the same time
that mitt romney is being by republicans with many prominent conservatives saying they're worried the romney campaign is snot aggressive or agile enough to defeat president obama exhibit a being romney's clumsy response to the supreme court obama care ruling. david. >> jack tap rer w we can hear you loud and clear. thanks to you. >> a lot more ahead here tonight. our viewers waying in our facebook pages to this next story coming up here, the mom who allegedly sent her child into a locker room to catch the coach, she claims he was mistreating the team. did she go too far. we'll be back. ♪ [ male announcer ] we believe small things can make a big difference. like how a little oil from here can be such a big thing in an old friend's life. purina one discovered that by blending enhanced botanical oils into our food, we can help brighten an old dog's mind so he's up to his old tricks.
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child's school. >> knock it off. >> reporter: earlier this year t father of this autistic boy in new jersey put a recording device in his son's pocket and caught a teacher saying this. >> you're going to get nothing until your mouth is shut. shut your mouth. >> the mother of alabama boy attached a recorder to her child's wheelchair and caught his teacher saying this. >> i do not want to touch your drool. you understand that? >> prosecutors say this latest case is very different. first t cell phone camera didn't capture anything inappropriate. second, it didn't happen in a classroom but in a locker room. >> the critical point is to remember, just because it feels right doesn't mean it's legal. >> the grand jury did not her daughter for planting the cam rarks but they came down hard on mom. if convicted, she faces up to a $25,000 fine or 20 years in prison. her attorney tells abc news she is surprised and disappointed by the charges and maintains no
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